time perspective– period of time that you take into consideration when making your day-to-day decisions and planning your life. successful people were those who had a long time perspective
There is a rule that says, ‘‘Long time perspective improves short-term decision making.’’
The long view sharpens the short view.In your life, think as if you were on a long hike climbing a mountain. Stop regularly and look up at the summit, your eventual goal, and then adjust your footsteps to ensure that every step is still taking you in that direction.
Get a wristwatch with an alarm that beeps every fifteen minutes. Each time the alarm sounds, stop and observe yourself. Look at what you are doing at that moment. If possible, keep a time log and make a note of what you are doing each time the alarm rings. Ask yourself regularly, ‘‘Is what I am doing right now making the very best use of my time?’’
It was about a woman who had come from a limited family background and only finished high school. Her first job was as a nurse’s aide. But she was both ambitious and determined. By working hard and studying evenings and weekends, she eventually became a registered nurse. She took additional courses, and she was promoted. Eventually, she became a head nurse in her hospital. Meanwhile, she married and had two children.
When she was forty years old, it dawned on her that she could be a doctor, if she put her mind to it. Her exposure to other doctors had convinced her that they were no smarter than she was. She sat down with her family and told them of her dream. Her husband and teenage children supported her completely. From that day forward, they took care of all the family work responsibilities so that she could return to school, complete the necessary courses, and become a doctor.
At age 48, she graduated with honors with a degree in pediatric-medicine. By the time she was age 50, she was established in a medical practice working with children. She was deriving more joy and satisfaction out of her life and work than she ever thought possible.
There is a basic rule in human relationships. It is that ‘‘people don’t change.’’ Both you and every person you meet are products of their entire lives.
Ask yourself, ‘‘Is what I am doing right now the sort of work that pays $25 an hour or more?’’ If it is not, discipline yourself to stop doing it. Discipline yourself to only do work that pays what you really want to earn.
See Yourself as a Role Model
In developing your philosophy of time and life management, see yourself as a role model for others. Discipline yourself to set a positive example of personal efficiency for your staff, your coworkers, and your boss, as well as your family and children.
Imagine that others are looking up to you as a model of personal efficiency. Imagine that you are the one who is setting the standards for time management and personal effectiveness in your organization. In everything you do, act as if you are being carefully observed by others. This will force you to be far more disciplined and controlled in your daily actions than if you thought that no one was watching.